Fail once, try twice more. Although NBC’s Constantine may be gone after a graceless one-season bow, DC Comics is continuing their partnership with the rainbow peacock in an attempt to solidify their domination of superheroes on network television. They’ve already announced Lucifer, and today Deadline reported that NBC would be producing a new office comedy with DC called Powerless.
Ben Queen, creator of the comedy A to Z and writer of Cars 2, will be the writer and executive producer of the new show, which is being branded as The Office, “but with superheroes.” Powerless will center around the day-to-day operations of “one of the worst insurance companies in America” as they deal with regular people who are affected by rampaging super-powered heroes and villains. As of now, it is unknown exactly which heroes and villains we can expect to see appear on screen, although it’s relatively safe to assume that we won’t be seeing A-list Justice League members like Batman or Wonder Woman.
Powerless is an inspired move for a concept that has, over the last decade, become incredibly densely represented in American media. There are plenty of superhero dramas on television and in theaters nowadays; the DC ones in particular are known for emphasizing grit and grime. It’ll be nice to have a little bit of comedic light shed on their world.
Alex is the New Media Editor of the Comics Beat. He is also a freelance comics editor with previous credits at First Second, Top Cow, and Papercutz. He primarily covers DC Comics and Magic: the Gathering.